People rip fence apart in protest against building of church in a park in Ekaterinburg, Russia

Protesters in Yekaterinburg

About 2,000 people have protested against a church being built on a park square in Yekaterinburg in Russia.

Tuesday was the second day of protests in what is a long-standing conflict over the planned church.

Activists say building St Catherine’s Cathedral on the square will destroy one of the city’s few green spaces.

But the Russian Orthodox Church says it needs new churches to replace the many that were destroyed under Soviet anti-religion laws.

This particular church will be a replica of one such cathedral that was demolished in 1930.

It is due to be completed in 2023 in time for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the government was monitoring the situation.

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